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Overview

Bendigo

Experience the wonderful contrasts of Bendigo as you explore its vibrant arts hub and flourishing food and wine scene set against its rich history, grand architecture and magnificent gardens. Sample stunning contemporary cuisine in historic buildings, admire modern art in venues new and old, and explore the city's fascinating history at museums, gardens and galleries.

History and heritage

Take a walk or ride on Bendigo's talking tram and explore the city's heritage architecture. Don a miner's hat and dig up a wealth of goldrush history on a tour of the Central Deborah Mine, or explore the city's Chinese heritage at the Golden Dragon Museum. Get behind the wheel at Australia's oldest working pottery, Bendigo Pottery, or admire the delightful conservatory, cascade waterfall and open-air fernery of Rosalind Park.

Art and culture

Discover Bendigo's vibrant arts precinct while wandering along View Street. Pop into the Bendigo Art Gallery (1887), which contains a collection of Australian art dating back to the 1850s and attracts significant exhibitions from across the globe, and explore the host of smaller galleries and antique stores around town.

For performing arts, catch shows big and small at the elegant Capital Theatre (1873) and the brand new Ulumbarra Theatre, set in grounds of the historic Sandhurst Gaol.

Wining and dining

Celebrate the paddock-to-plate philosophy with a meal to remember at Mason's of Bendigo, hatted by the Good Food Guide. Take time out to visit some of the 80 local wineries in the renowned Bendigo and Heathcote wine regions. Dine with a view of the vines, sample local varietals at cellar doors, and learn why the area is famous for its magnificent shiraz.

Foodies, prepare to fossick for fabulous local produce – pick up a copy of the Food Fossickers Pocket Guide at the Bendigo Visitors Centre.

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Things to do

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Art galleries

Bendigo Pottery

Explore the gallery showcasing ceramics and artwork or throw a pot on the wheel and create your very own piece of art.

Shopping

Chancery Lane

An eclectic mix of food, fashion and art has awakened one of Bendigo’s most endearing laneways. This little charmer was once known as Dispensary Lane...

Local produce

Bendigo Wholefoods

Find foodie nirvana at this community foodstore, deli, garden nursery, cafe and providore specialising in local and artisanal produce.

Parks & gardens

Rosalind Park

Explore the beautiful old gardens, historic conservatory, fernery, playground and 60 acres of open spaces in Rosalind Park, in the centre of Bendigo.

Pubs

Goldmines Hotel

Stop for a pint at this once-dreary country pub, now boasting a wide range of craft beers, lush green gardens, and friendly atmosphere to match.

Food & wine

Bendigo wine region

While red wine lovers flock to Bendigo for the now famous shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, white wine fans should seek out chardonnay and riesling.

Art galleries

Bendigo Art Gallery

Stop by the Bendigo Art Gallery and see works by contemporary Australian artists including Patricia Piccinini, Tracey Moffatt and Bill Henson.

Gold rush history

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Gear up in overalls, a miner's hat and lamp and head into underground tunnels in search of gold in a key mine from Bendigo's 19th century gold rush.

Museums

Golden Dragon Museum

Experience a living history of Bendigo's Chinese population and explore exhibitions featuring artefacts dating as far back as the Shang Dynasty.

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Dining out

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Brewhouse Coffee Roasters

Watch coffee roasters at work as you linger over your brew, all-day breakfast, and lunchtime meals.

El Gordo

Live large at El Gordo (the Fat One), Chancery Lane's Southern European inspired cafe and art space.

Masons of Bendigo

Get a taste for central Victoria's finest produce at Masons, hatted by the Good Food Guide 2018.

Wine Bank on View

Drop in for a tipple at this wine bar and restaurant in a stunning heritage-listed bank building.

The Dispensary

Get your daily dose of fine food and wine at this compact chemist-turned- restaurant-and-wine-bar.

Mr Beebe's Eating House & Bar

Gather friends with equal appetites and swap stories over share plates of local, organic produce.

Rocks on Rosalind

Bank on a delicious experience of old and new with innovative cuisine in a heritage-listed building.

Percy and Percy

Savour classic breakfasts, seasonal lunches, coffee, sweets and treats at this Bendigo cafe.

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Join a tour

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Fortuna Villa High Tea and Tours

Kept secure for many years for Defence purposes, the Villa will once again allow the public in to...

Goldmines Hotel Investigation

Join the team at Twisted History for dinner and a paranormal investigation at the historic...

Introduction to Paddleboarding Lessons

Stillwater Paddleboards offer the perfect introduction to stand up paddleboarding, designed to get...

Bendigo Town Hall Tour

Immerse yourself in the rich stories of a golden past, explore stunning heritage architecture...

Sandhurst Gaol Tour

Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre rises majestically from within what was once the Sandhurst Gaol....

Bendigo Tour

Join Oceania Tours on a small group tour with Oceania to discover the sights in and around the city...

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